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Anna Baltzer, a young Jewish American, went to the West Bank to discover the realities of daily life for Palestinians under the occupation. What she found would change her outlook on the conflict forever. She wrote this book to give voice to the stories of the people who welcomed her with open arms as their lives crumbled around them.

For five months, Baltzer lived and worked with farmers, Palestinian and Israeli activists, and the families of political prisoners, traveling with them across endless checkpoints and roadblocks to reach hospitals, universities, and olive groves. Baltzer witnessed firsthand the environmental devastation brought on by expanding settlements and outposts and the
destruction wrought by Israel's "Security Fence," which separates many families from each other, their communities, their land, and basic human services. What emerges from Baltzer's journal is not a sensationalist tale of suicide bombers and conspiracies, but a compelling and inspiring description of the trials of daily life under the occupation.

Hybrid textbook/journal. Enthralling read. It's the best (paper) resource I've come across on Israel/Palestine, combining statistics, personal stories, maps, and photographs.  - Tess

Suggested Guides Before You Pilgrimage

We've provided the following links to help you with expanding your knowledge before your visit.  It is strongly recommended that you prepare for your upcoming Holy Land trip by reading some of the books found on this page. Our sidebar has some of our favorites / suggestions if you are not sure where to begin as you start, or progress, on your journey of learning about the region and its culture.  If you have a book or DVD that you would like to recommend, please contact us with the book's name and author, and a review of the book.

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